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Cultural Education -- A Key to Winning the Global War on Terrorism
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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The Marine Corps is involved in a challenging and dynamic war on terrorism. To ensure success in this GWOT and other fourth generation wars that emerge, the leadership of the Corps will need an increased understanding of the cultures and countries where the GWOT is being waged. Historians and theorists from Sun Tzu to Clausewitz have espoused the need for knowledge of ones enemy. The Marine Corps is good at conducting mission analysis, identifying its enemys tactical capabilities, and using that knowledge on the battlefield. However, with the increase in both asymmetrical warfare and cultural interaction, the Corps will increasingly fight in nonlinear battlefields where its officers must understand not only the tactics, techniques, and procedures the enemy is using, but also the history, ideology, and language the enemy is using to sustain its basis of support and its will to continue to fight.
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